Where Can I Find Authentic Jamaican Food in Los Angeles?

Where can I find Jamaican food in Los Angeles

Jamaican food is a prized novelty around the world. Whether you’re looking for something spicy like Jerk Chicken or something mild like Pineapple Salmon, there are many choices to pick and choose from.

Finding REAL Jamaican food in Los Angeles is not an easy feat. When Jamaicans begun migrating to the US in the 1930’s and 40’s, the majority chose the Eastern Seaboard as their destination of choice.

This due to the fact that it was closer to Jamaica and provided more economic opportunities back then. Not many ventured West and saw anything outside of NYC or Florida as a stretch of the imagination.

This meant that the profound impact Jamaican culture has had in places like NYC and even Toronto in Canada has not been seen in cities far West like LA and San Francisco.

In recent years however, there has been an uptick in the number of Jamaicans migrating to the West Coast, as it is now seen as a viable and sometimes even better alternative to the East Coast.

California and other Western States are filled with opportunities for Jamaican migrants to come in and impart our rich, authentic island culture.

So with that being the case, where can I find Jamaican Food in LA?

There are a few restaurants around Los Angeles that claim to offer “Jamaican food.” Mind you, the chefs preparing these meals have likely never been to Jamaica in their lives. Plus, what they are selling as authentic is a copy and paste menu from Allrecipes.com.

To truly experience authentic Jamaican cuisine in Los Angeles, JamaFo is your best bet.

We are born and raised Jamaicans who believe that authentic food must actually have roots, have a story, have a culture, and this is what we bring to LA and SoCal at large.

We are a catering company that pushes the boundaries and serve up Jamaican food with flair and style like you’ve never experienced.

Not only are our founders from Jamaica, but they travel back to the island every year to meet local farmers, restauranteurs and the larger culinary community to ensure we are always offering the best.

Whether it’s Jerk Chicken, Mango Salmon, Jerk Pork, Tropical Salads or Coconut Rice & Peas, you can be rest assured that you’re getting the best Jamaican food in Los Angeles straight to your table with no compromises and no cutting corners.

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Author:
Dave-Anthony is the Director of Marketing for JamaFo Jamaican Food. He's Jamaican born and migrated to New York in 2011. He has since gained over 3 years of experience in the food industry as the Marketing & Locations Manager for a NYC restaurant chain and thinks LA is the best move he's ever made. His favorite Jamaican dish is Jamaican-style Fried Chicken with Coconut Rice & Peas accompanied by Island Slaw.